MONDAY    vol. 11, no. 71     April 10, 2000
DAILY CATHOLIC for 

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Stations of the Cross and Lenten Reflections        
    
    
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Lenten Weekday
TODAY'S LITURGY:

First Reading:
 Daniel 13: 1-0, 15-17, 19-30, 22-62
Responsorial:
  Psalm 23: 1-6
Gospel:
  John 8: 1-11

For the Daily LENTEN REFLECTION for Monday, April 10, see LENTEN REFLECTION.

DAILY LITURGY

   Today's and tomorrow's liturgy are both Lenten Weekdays with tomorrow also being the Optional Feast of Saint Stanislaus, Bishop and Martyr. For the readings, liturgies, meditations, and profile on him, see DAILY LITURGY.

The DAILY WORD

"Let him who is without sin among you be the first to cast a stone...Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned thee?...Neither will I condemn thee. Go thy way, and from now on sin no more."
John 8: 7, 10-11

The Gospa's message for March
March 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message
NOTE: We respectfully recognize and accept the final authority regarding apparitions, locutions and prophecies presently being reported around the world rests with the Holy See of Rome and the Magisterium of Holy Mother Church to whose judjment we humbly and obediently submit.

"Dear children! Pray and make good use of this time, because this is a time of grace. I am with you and I intercede for each one of you before God, for your heart to open to God and to God's love. Little children, pray without ceasing, until prayer becomes a joy for you. Thank you for having responded to my call."

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Who do men say I am?"Who do men say that the Son of Man is?"

It doesn't matter what they say...for we know through His Holy Church Who Jesus truly is!"
   In his column today, Pat Ludwa breaks down other religions' rationale as to Who Jesus is and shows by process of elimination that their deductions come up short everytime. He illustrates how only Our Lord as the Savior and Son of God could accomplish what He did and procure salvation for generations from Adam through the Old Covenant into the New Testament times for all generations. He shows how it has been foretold for all time and though many religions share various beliefs, when it comes to the completeness of Who Christ truly is, only His Church that He founded can witness to Who, What, Why, How, Where and When the complete Second Person of the Trinity completes us as truly His disciples as John attests to in 1 John 3: 2, "...for we shall see Him as He is." For his column today, Who "they" and "we" say He is! , see VIEW FROM THE PEW

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Holy Father shares the triumph of the Trinity at the Incarnation with over 40,000 during his Weekly Audience
  Today we bring you the Holy Father's regular Papal Audience from last Wednesday where over 40,000 packed St. Peter's Square to hear the Vicar of Christ's catechist on the fulfillment of the Trinitarian love through the Incarnation of the Son, sent by the Father and imbued by the Holy Spirit. The Pope cites Sacred Scripture, Vatican II documents and the Catechism of the Catholic Church to bring home his point about the fulness of the Trinity "from a single root." See THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS

Appreciation of the Hidden Life of Jesus Christ
    Today we continue with our new series in the search to uncover the wonderful treasures of the Church contained in the great Deposit of Faith. Today we present the first part of the catechesis on The Hidden Life of Jesus of which little is really known from Sacred Scripture but which laid the foundation for Our Lord's public ministry as He obediently learned from Mary and His foster father Joseph as explained in My Catholic Faith. For the 149th installment, see APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH


Events that happened today in Church History
   On this day 445 years ago in 1555, the College of Cardinals chose Cardinal Marcello Cervini as the 222nd successor of Peter. He chose to keep his own name, thus becoming Pope Marcellus II who would rule only three weeks. Even during that short time, he made great strides in paving the way for missions to Russia and other Asian countries as well as restoring a sense of dignity in the Roman Curia. He died of a stroke on May 1st. For other time capsule events that happened in Church history on this date, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES


No expensive toll is needed to cross the bridge from sin to virtue
Famous quotes of Bishop Fulton J. Sheen    They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but the words of Bishop Fulton J. Sheen have been known to launch a thousand images in one's mind, one of the ways this late luminary did so much to evangelize the faith. Because of the urgency of the times and because few there are today who possess the wisdom, simplicity and insight than the late Archbishop who touched millions, we are bringing you daily gems from his writings. The good bishop makes it so simple that we have dubbed this daily series: "SIMPLY SHEEN".

"Opposites are never so close as in the realm of the spirit: an abyss divides the poor from the rich, and one may cross it only with the help of external circumstances and good fortune. The dividing line between ignorance and learning is also deep and wide: both leisure to study and a gifted mind would be required to turn an ignoramus into a learned man. But the passage from sin to virtue, from mediocrity to sanctity requires no 'luck,' no help from outer circumstances. It can be achieved by an efficacious act of our own wills in cooperation with God's grace."


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    News Ticker from Catholic World News For more from CWN and other Catholic wire services, see stories below


    Is the Holy Father going to Russia in 2001? It's possible!
    Vladimir Putin and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Alexeii II - photo from CWN
       According to a recent report new Russian President Vladimir Putin is anxious to invite His Holiness Pope John Paul II to Moscow and it is quite possible he could convince the Russian Orthodox Patriarch in Moscow in light of the tremendous advances made in Israel last month during the Holy Father's historic "Jubilee Journey." Russia is one country where the Pope has not traveled to and he would dearly love to and, being Polish, would be greatly welcomed by the Russian people. continued inside


    Pope mourns death of Solzhenitsyn colleague Irina Alberti
       Just as the Holy Father played a key role in solidarity in Poland, so also he acknowledges the freedom spirit of Russian author Alexander Solzhenitsyn and is mourning the death of Solzhenitsyn's long-time collaborator Irina Alberti, the 75 year-old woman who was born a Russian Orthodox but converted to Catholicism and who was a strong defender of the Church in Russia. continued inside
    Church in Siberia enjoying a rebirth with the arrival of Carmelite missionaries in Usole
       The Carmelite Order from Poland will soon arrive in the far regions of Siberia in Usole, a city of 100,000 people where they will join 28 other priests from other religious orders in ministering to one million Catholics out of 25 million inhabitants of Siberia. Usole is near Lake Bajkal which is being likened to Lake Galilee for a rebirth - a new baptism is taking place in Russia and Siberia and the Holy Spirit is truly touching souls for the sake of the conversion of Russia as Our Lady asked at Fatima in 1917. continued inside.


    Pope strongly insists to Kofi Annan that the UN stand up and promote a "spirit of global solidarity" for the good of all
       Meeting with Secretary General Kofi Annan last Friday at the Vatican, the Holy Father stated that the UN must promote a "spirit of global solidarity," and must not serve only the elite groups of various nations. In remarks made to Annan, His Holiness also stated that decisions of importance should not be made exclusively by the world's most powerful nations, but should be decided upon in the best interest of all mankind based upon the UN effort to "preserve the dignity of the human person and the cohesion of society." continued inside.


    With Sunday's five beatification, the number of blesseds elevated by Pope John Paul II near 1,000 total during his pontificate
       In his nearly 21 year pontificate as Vicar of Christ Pope John Paul II has raised more than 1,000 blessed to the altar of the Church. Yesterday, he beatified five more representing five different countries on three continents. On May 13 he will beatify two more - the shepherd visionaries of Fatima Jacinta and Francisco. continued inside.


    Church mourns death of Cardinal Bernardino Echeverria Ruiz of Ecuador
    EcuadorCardinal Bernardino Echeverria Ruiz, OFM was 84    Expressing sympathy over the death of Cardinal Bernardino Echeverria Ruiz, OFM, the Holy Father recalled his generous pastoral work in the service of the Church. The cardinal passed away last week on Friday at the age of 84. The Pope recounted how during the cardinal's lifetime he helped build more than 100 rural parishes in Ecuador and the number of parish churches rose from 61 to 189. He gave credit to the Franciscans, saying the work of Cardinal Echeverria Ruiz mirrored the work of Saint Francis of Assisi. continued inside.


    Church stands strongly against any apology for gay lifestyle L'Osservatore Romano asserts: Love the sinner, but hate the sin!
       L'Osservatore Romano has printed a strong rebuttal aimed at gay-rights activits who have argued that Pope John Paul II did not ask God's pardon for the Church's attitude toward gay and lesbian segments of society. The article notes quite clearly that the Church's position on gay and lesbian lifestyle has always remained the same, noting that all people must be respected, but that the sin of the person(s) cannot nor will not be condoned. The gay-lesbian factions seem to forget that rights before the law of man are one thing, but the moral law of God cannot be fashioned to their liking. continued inside.

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    Coming Tomorrow:

  • Dr. Frank Joseph's Pro-Life Prescription column - LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL!

  • The second part of the Holy Father's Letter to the Priests signed in the Upper Room in Jerusalem on March 23 in THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS

  • The 151st installment on the treasures of the great Deposit of Faith in our daily series APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

  • Lenten Reflections for April 12th and the Way of the Cross Meditations

  • Time Capsules in Church History focusing on April 12th

  • Another gem from SIMPLY SHEEN

  • Daily LITURGY for the Lenten Weekdays on Wednesday and Thursday plus Thursday's Optional Feast of Pope Saint Martin I , Martyr.

  • ...and much more in our 73rd issue for 2000!
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